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emergency

e·mer·gen·cy

emergency

 
pronunciation:
ih muhr jn si
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part of speech: noun
inflections: emergencies
definition: a serious situation or sudden crisis, usu. unforeseen, that requires immediate action.
The city must be prepared for fires, floods, and other emergencies.A heart attack is an emergency, and the affected person must be taken to a hospital immediately.
synonyms:
exigency, pinch
similar words:
accident, crisis, crunch, danger, extremity, hazard, peril, predicament, push
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The word emergency contains the following part:
-ance, -ence, -ency, -ancy Latin noun-forming suffix that means state, quality, or act of
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The suffix group -ance , -ence , -ency , -ancy attaches to verbs and Latin verb stems to create nouns. The suffix -ance is usually attached to whole English words, whereas -ence is usually attached to roots: compare eloquence and acceptance . For most nouns ending in -ance , -ence , -ency , -ancy , there is a correponsponding adjective form ending in -ant, -ent.